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Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

Firing Because She’s TOO Cute? That Just May Be Illegal Too

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My partner Gary Starr returns with this pre-Thanksgiving tale that seems appropriate not for the holiday, but for the headlines of late. Happy Thanksgiving and stay out of trouble....more

#MeToo: Revisiting Policies in a Trending Workplace

From Twitter hashtags to news media talking points, #MeToo has come to powerfully symbolize what many have termed a “watershed moment” for modern American culture on the issues of sexual harassment and sex discrimination. And...more

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Appellant – Time Is On Your Side

We have written previously on this blog about the importance of a timely notice of appeal in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The issue bears revisiting in the federal courts following the decision by the United States...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

It seems that almost every day, another high-profile executive, politician or celebrity has now been accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This topic not only increases news ratings, its...more

Federal Court Rules in Favor of EEOC in Disability Discrimination Charge against Amsted Rail

Denying Employment Based on Carpal Tunnel Screening Found Unlawful - ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Nov. 16 in its discrimination charge against...more

Correctional Officers FEHA Claims are Barred by Res Judicata for Already Adjudicated Workers’ Compensation Cases

The California Court of Appeal recently held that employees’ workers’ compensation decisions barred them from pursuing similar claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) based on the doctrine of res judicata. ...more

The Importance of Harassment Training

In light of recent high-profile sexual harassment scandals, such as those involving Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein, an increasing number of employers are taking a more critical look at their harassment policies,...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

Oklahoma jury awards transgender employee $1.165 million

by McAfee & Taft on

The courts, the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hold differing views on whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity....more

An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

[Event] CLE Event: "Whistling at Work" - December 7th, Columbus OH

by BakerHostetler on

The Top 5 Issues for Navigating the Employment Relationship to Avoid and Defend Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Topics - - Whistleblower 101: Law and Process - Whistleblower and Compliance Policies: Prevention...more

The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor...more

Tax Reform/Tax Cuts, Who Cares? Tax Gross Up Damages Are Available Under Title VII

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Tax reform legislation is certainly one of the hottest topics in the media. Among others, several of the pressing questions regarding the proposed legislation are: Will it pass? If so, who will receive tax relief (and who...more

Legal Compliance In A Harassment-Conscious Environment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As noted in our Legal News Update – Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment – allegations regarding workplace harassment have recently been a major focus of traditional and...more

American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Airlines'Policies Discriminated Against Disabled Employees, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock, which is worth over $14 million if cashed in today, and...more

The Importance of Adopting Effective Policies and Procedures for Handling Harassment in the Workplace

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The news has been filled lately with reports of harassment allegations against all sorts of famous people. From politicians to movie stars, many public figures are finding themselves embroiled in legal battles based on their...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

by Fisher Phillips on

When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

by Fisher Phillips on

Under legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are required to display a workplace poster related to transgender rights. The legislation, Senate Bill 396,...more

WARNING: A Tsunami of Sexual Harassment Complaints Are on the Way

You can take this one to the bank. Complaints of sexual harassment will rise significantly as a result of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and related media coverage. ...more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

Mitigating Employment Litigation Landmines With Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace have evolved from being the right thing to do to being the smart thing to do—and now they are quickly moving toward being the essential thing companies must do to...more

Potato Grower Reaches $100,000 Settlement with Justice Department for I-9 Compliance Violations

Washington Potato Company, a private grower and processor of potatoes and other vegetables, reached a $100,000 agreement on Thursday, with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), settling claims of discrimination in...more

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